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The Spurs come off of a flukey loss, aiming to get back into their groove against Phoenix and secure a more stable position in the Western Conference standings.

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Phoenix Suns @ San Antonio Spurs

AT&T Center, San Antonio, Texas
January 9, 2015, 7:30 PM Spurs Time
TV: FSSW - RADIO: 1200 AM WOAI

The Spurs getting a three-day rest in between games is normally a reason to celebrate and an opportunity for fans to breathe a little easier. With the amount of guys that are getting banged up, not to mention the fact that the Big Three are not too far away from getting senior discounts at Denny's, we appreciate any rest that comes our way.

But after Tuesday evening's loss at the hands of what looks to be "Pist-Insanity", the last thing I wanted was an extended break before the next match up. Three days in between games was too large of a gap to satiate my hunger to right this wrong. The ol' ball movement, tight-game playing groove looked to be in sight, and it was quickly silenced by a team who's treating each game it's March Madness.

But this is the pitfall that I, nor any other Spurs fans, needn't step into. It's sobering to remember that the Spurs have played more games against their own conference than any other team in the West so far this season, and half of the games played in the month of December were against teams that would be in the postseason if it began today. All of that without a fully healthy Kawhi and Tony. These tidbits are to remind us that rest and patience is exactly what this team needs right now. That, and a win against a competitive Western Conference team to rejuvenate the spirit.

The Spurs can be on their way to achieving all three tonight against the Phoenix Suns.

The Suns are currently sitting as the 8th seed in the West, and have won 8 of their last 10. In that span, the offense has exploded, averaging over 113 points per game, and shooting 48.8% from the field. In that same span of games, Eric Bledsoe has lead the team in scoring with 21.2 points per game, Goran Dragic is shooting 53.3%, and Isaiah Thomas is knocking down 48.6% from deep (18-for-37).

Phoenix's guard play is one of the top in the NBA, and will be a handful for San Antonio's back court. The trio of Dragic, Bledsoe, and Thomas have stepped up their aggressiveness, efficiency, and ability to find the open man when driving. CoJo, Marco, Danny, Patty, and a semi-healthy Tony are going to have their hands full in their efforts to stay step-for-step with the Suns' back court.

The Suns rank in the bottom ten in team defense, and this should be where San Antonio pulls away in this game. Cory Joseph has been shooting the lights out (66.7 FG%) over the past five games, and should still see some decent minutes as Tony is eased into his time allotment.

What this Spurs team need, more than anything, is to get some much needed wins under their belt. I have no doubt that they will get back to playing efficient, consistent hoops. I just hope for the sake of the players, us fans, and Gregg Popovich that it happens sooner rather than later.

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Phoenix Suns (22-16)

San Antonio Spurs (21-15)

January 9, 2015

AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX

7:30 PM CDT

TV: FSSW

Radio: WOAI 1200AM

Starters

Eric Bledsoe

PG

Tony Parker

Goran Dragic

SG

Danny Green

P.J. Tucker

SF

Marco Belinelli

Markieff Morris

PF

Tim Duncan

Alex Len

C

Tiago Splitter


For the Suns' perspective, please visit Bright Side of the Sun.

Game prediction: Spurs by 4.

As always Tony must dominate Fisher, and you can get your San Antonio Spurs tickets from Daniel Farias with Spurs Sports & Entertainment: Tel: 210-444-5607 | dfarias@attcenter.com